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Diarrhea, Age 12 and Older - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • You passed out (lost consciousness).
  • Your stools are maroon or very bloody.

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You are dizzy or lightheaded, or you feel like you may faint.
  • Your stools are black and look like tar, or they have streaks of blood.
  • You have new or worse belly pain.
  • You have symptoms of dehydration, such as:
    • Dry eyes and a dry mouth.
    • Passing only a little dark urine.
    • Feeling thirstier than usual.
  • You have a new or higher fever.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • Your diarrhea is getting worse.
  • You see pus in the diarrhea.
  • You are not getting better after 2 days (48 hours).

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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